Oversize load causes traffic delays along Hwy 90

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - At times, cars crawled along Highway 90 Thursday from Pass Christian to central Gulfport. The minor traffic jams weren't cause by road construction, an accident, or any emergency situation, but by a moving house.

With five Gulfport police units providing escort assistance, a wide load moved cautiously along Highway 90. For many drivers, it's not every day they encounter a house rolling down the busy highway.

"I love it, man. I love it," one passenger commented.

"Yes, it's rare to see a house moving down the roadway. For us at the Gulfport Police Department, we've done escorts of this type," said Damon McDaniel of the Gulfport Police Department.

Greg Hays House Moving of Jackson County transported the 32-foot-wide house for a private investor. The journey started in Pass Christian.

"There's a lot of planning that goes into it. You have to look at your route and all of your obstructions," said Greg Hays.

With the house sitting 20-feet high, movers had to take some side streets to avoid an elevated walkway. At the Hewes Avenue intersection, a bucket truck had to lift-up the traffic pole. The house made it with inches to spare. Every stop backed-up traffic, sometimes on both sides of 90.

"It's an inconvenience for a short amount of time, considering what we're moving and you have to be safe," said McDaniel.

Add in the fact that the house was moving about 20-miles-an-hour and both lanes were taken-up.

"It's not difficult. You drive your car in one lane, we drive a house in two," said Hays.

When asked if he got strange looks from drivers, Hays replied, "Yes, sometimes you do."

Three-and-a-half hours after leaving the Pass, the house reached its destination at Murphy Avenue in Gulfport.  It arrived in one piece.

"When you have good planning on our end and planning on the house moving company, it all comes together and you don't have any issues in the end," said McDaniel.

Last week, the company used the same route to move another house to the same neighborhood in Gulfport.

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